By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

c.1880, 1100 S. 1st St., has begun construction on a private dining room that will accommodate groups of four to 14 diners.

The room, which will have a rustic feel similar to the restaurant’s décor, will make use of a darker color palate and a hand-crafted rock walnut table made by local craftsman Matt Connell of Bay View. Audiovisual equipment, including a projector, screen and audio, will be available for use.

Design for the room is a collaborative effort between Chef and Owner Thomas Hauck, General Manager Joshua Wolter, and Designer Kerry Shannon, of Residence Milwaukee.

The dining options for the room, which is expected to be completed by mid-May, will be based on course dining and contracted minimums.

The room can be booked by contacting Joshua Wolter at or by phone at (414) 431-9271.

In the meantime, while you're waiting to experience private dining at c.1880, you might just want to call to make reservations for tomorrow evening's wine dinner featuring MacPhail Family Wines.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, Chef Thomas Hauck will present a five-course dinner paired with some of the finest wines in the MacPhail portfolio. Courses include scallops served with Granny Smith apples, honey and Meyer lemon, trotter of pork with cherry mostarda, pomegranate and smoked potato, sturgeon with trumpet mushrooms, ramps and beurre rouge, duck with quinoa, king trumpet mushrooms and juniper, and dessert featuring white chocolate, strawberries, angel food cake and rose.

Wines will include a selection of MacPhail Chardonnay, Pinot Noirs and Rose.

Cost for the event is $120 per person. 

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.